ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Thursday, Dec. 3, the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (SFA) held its annual Women’s Holiday Soirée via Zoom. The event raised $16,000 and counting for T.C. Williams High School‘s class of 2021.
Called Hygee for the Holidays, the virtual gathering assembled 60 women from Alexandria and elsewhere in the country. It celebrated the fact that scholarships change lives.
“I was amazed at the warmth and community we were all able to share. At this difficult time, I think we really all needed to be together,” said SFA Board Chair Priscilla Goodwin.
“It was so wonderful to see so many familiar faces! I loved seeing longtime scholarship supporters and women who were new to the cause,” said SFA Executive Director Beth Lovain.
Guest speaker Sugeivis Gomez, a 2017 T.C. graduate, will graduate from Georgetown University this spring. She provided a testimonial of how scholarships help those in financial need. Once she receives her bachelor’s degree, Gomez will join the financial institution Deloitte in Arlington as a consultant/analyst.
“Scholarships work. They create opportunities. They provide and open doors for eager and ambitious students like myself,” said Gomez. “My SFA scholarship provided me with a stepping stone to endless opportunities, Please continue to be agents of change so that other boys and girls can take control of their future and their destiny.”
To help make the evening festive, The Majestic and Alexandria Restaurant Partners participated in a cocktail-making session. Lily and Lilacs Floral Design shared a floral design tutorial. Mindy’s Catering provided holiday meal tips.
For 34 years, the nonprofit SFA has raised more than 16.5 million to help students in financial need attend college. Because of that assistance, an estimated 5,000 have been able to live their dreams of pursuing higher education.